Basic Softball Drills – Face to Face Drill

April 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Purpose: To develop the basic mechanics for fielding a ground ball and following it with an accurate throw. This is a basic softball fielding tip to help you when fielding touch ground balls

Procdure:  This drill will need one softball, gloves and bucket of softballs,  and cones. Set up two cones 8 to 15 feet apart depending on he age and ability of players. One player stands between the cones, another player serves as backup. The coach throws grounders between the cones, and the player tries to stop the ball with his glove before it gets behind him, just as a hockey goalie would sweep away a puck. Award a point for every ball the player stops. Coaches can practice this drill with either a predetermined number of throws to each player or with a time limit. Once done, the fielder moves to the back of the line, the backup becomes the fielder, and the next person in line becomes the backup.

This is one of the few drills that teaches players to stop tie ball rather than catch it. Learning to knock the ball down while keeping it in front of the body is just as important as catching it with a glove. In game situations many hits are too hard to handle flawlessly; however, with the right mind-set, players can be confident about making the play if they learn to keep tie ball in front of them. This drill also emphasizes the importance of keeping the bail in front of the body if it is mishandled or dropped.

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